Music in Poetry

Late because I was gone that day.

The song Rockin’ Chair by the band is a true source of great poetry. Its lyrics illustrate this very well. 

“Rockin’ Chair”

Hang around, Willie boy, 
Don’t you raise the sails anymore
It’s for sure, I’ve spent my whole life at sea 
And I’m pushin’ age seventy-three
Now there’s only one place that was meant for me:

Oh, to be home again,
Down in old Virginny,
With my very best friend,
They call him Ragtime Willie
We’re gonna soothe away the rest of our years,
We’re gonna put away all of our tears,
That big rockin’ chair won’t go nowhere

Slow down, Willie boy,
Your heart’s gonna give right out on you
It’s true, and I believe I know what we should do 
Turn to stern and point to shore,
The seven seas won’t carry us no more

Oh, to be home again,
Down in old Virginny,
With my very best friend,
They call him Ragtime Willie
I can’t wait to sniff that air,
Dip that snuff, I won’t have no care,
That big rockin’ chair won’t go nowhere

Hear the sound, Willie boy,
The Flyin’ Dutchman’s on the reef
It’s my belief
We’ve used up all our time,
This hill’s to steep to climb,
And the days that remain ain’t worth a dime

Oh, to be home again,
Down in old Virginny,
With my very best friend,
They call him Ragtime Willie
Would’a been nice just to see the folks,
Listen once again to them stale old jokes,
That big rockin’ chair won’t go nowhere

I can hear something callin’ on me
(And you know where I wanna be)
Oh Willie, can’t you hear that sound?
(Down in old Virginny)
I just wanna get my feet back on the ground
(Down in old Virginny)
And I’d love to see my very best friend
They call him Ragtime Willie
(Oh, to be home again)
I believe old rockin’ chair’s got me again! 

 

 

 

These lyrics are true poetry. Almost every line is a metaphor used to help illustrate that the song itself is a metaphor. The song is about a desire to retire, and go back to the old life back home in old Virginny. 

He uses the flying dutchmen to show that death is near, and uses the metaphor of sailing as work. He says he has sailed the seven seas, meaning he no longer has any desire to keep working, he has accomplished all his goals. 

Specifically the metaphors and carefully crafted words make this an amazing source of true poetry.

There are many more metaphors in this song, however I will let you interpret the rest, because all music should be interpreted in different ways, depending on who you are.

Almost ironically this song was created many years ago when the lead singer, Levon Helm was young. Levon is now nearing age 73, recently won a Grammy, within the last couple years, and is probably thinking of retirement. However He has not stopped playing in a band since he started with The Band, and has gone from the main voice in this song to Willie. He may need some convincing in order to retire. This song relates to him now more then ever. 

A video containing audio for this song is posted below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg-ILjqbKT4


Final 4 Poetry Edition

My Final four animated  poems were:

Cartoon Physics Part 1 by: Nick Flynn

New York by: Valzhyna Mort

Those Winter Sundays by:  Robert Hayden

and last but not necessarily least, Space Bar by: Heather McHugh

The Winner… Cartoon Physics Part 1 by: Nick Flynn. The poem won because of its originality, creativity, and its ability to provoke deep thought. He uses ideas that are rarely written about, and uses metaphors and ideas to provoke a reaction of deep thought. It was extremely well written, and really made sense, but still made you think, and wonder. The ability to make a reader wonder, in my mind, is very important, and becoming rarer. Nick Flynn did a great job, and a link to the animated poetry, along with a picture of the author, is below:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/poetryeverywhere/uwm/flynn.html

Nick Flynn


3 minute fiction

NPR holds a contest; people send in there best three minute stories of fiction, that follow the guidelines set by NPR. Winners are announced, but like always true winners are always buried. Many of the best writers and artists are not valued until people truly understand the work. These works are like buried gold but people never find them, until after the creators lifetime. The winning paper from the first round of NPR is not bad by any standard, but in my opinion not nearly the best. Allechka is short, creative, descriptive, and subtly proves a point. Subtly is key, sometimes the key can take years to find, and then when we find it we see the true gold, and the true beauty of the work. It shows how everyone’s worlds are different, we all know and value different things. We sometimes get caught up in those things, and the beautiful thing that Allechka does i that it sets up the story were there is a predictable ending that thousands have written about, and then hits you suddenly with something else. It escaped the trap, crawled to the day light, and showed something new. The winning story is a story that has a theme and message that is clear and visable now, but when you think about the themes and messages from both, and are able to see the message Allechka sends, you realize that while for the moment the story “Not That I Care” maybe considered the best, once it has been figured out history will note that Allechka is truly the best. Realistically Allechka’s message will not be found, it will be buried in archives never to be seen again, but for now, for those of us who can see the message, it acts as a symbol of hope, that great writing still does exist, and that there are many pieces buried that are awaiting to see the daylight, and to have there genius shown.

 

“Allechka”:  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111393596

“Not That I Care”:  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106524469


Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley inspires hope. He shows that the prominent figures from history could be anyone, given the opportunity. He shows a brighter tomorrow, and that progress is moving towards that brighter future. The art he creates inspires me to keep moving forwards and to never look back. He takes pictures that show the tyranny of the past, from the kings of France, and replaces the powerful tyrants of the past with himself. To sum up his work in one line i would say, we can not change the past, what is done is done, but we can change our future.


Bansky

1. Bansky has a right to do what he is doing…for the mos part, some are illegal, but he has a right to speak his mind. Even if that means through art. I like them, they show truth and meaning. He shows what is happening in the world.

2.Its all art, its expression and imagery. Alternate names prevent you from possible trouble.It also lets you express something with no repercussions, like a blog.

3.It depends on the person, each person views it differently, I would like my work in public, but I’m fine with hiding in the shadows, awaiting the perfect opportunity to strike.


First Post

Write to write, writing is an addiction that needs to be fed. It is always hungary, and never will be full or satisfied.


6 Word memoir

under achiever, quiet, unknown… just wait.

Lazy, weak, faker, hypochondriac… silently strong.

eighteen years… still awaiting final results…


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